May 29, 2009 090529
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Police charge patron with killing worker inside Taj Mahal casino ...
ATLANTIC CITY - Mark Magee appeared a bit stunned as he walked into
court shackled this afternoon. The 57-year-old Pennsylvania man is
accused of targeting and killing casino shift manager Raymond Kot
inside the Taj Mahal Casino.
... NJ murder suspect accused casino of cheating ...
A Philadelphia television station says a man accused of fatally
shooting an employee at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J., wrote a letter
dated two days before the killing in which he accused the casino of
Casino gunman planned suicide, sent note
A regular casino visitor, having just shot and mortally wounded a
worker at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, planned to kill himself in
a parking garage but was stopped by police, a casino executive said.
to issue $1 billion in debt in private offering
Harrah's Entertainment Inc. has announced plans to issue $1 billion in
Court postpones hearing on Trop bonuses
ATLANTIC CITY - Discussion on the validity of a plan by Tropicana
Casino and Resort to pay more than $1 million in bonuses to about 20
top executives has been postponed to June 12.
Casino Control Commission member to quit, leaving just three on board
ATLANTIC CITY — A top casino regulator is leaving his job to take a
high-level post with the bistate agency that operates airports and
other transportation facilities serving New York and New Jersey.
Time was right to dump Pansy Ho -- Regulators lost fear of MGM clout
Economic and political realities can make a big difference in the
highly charged worlds where multibillion-dollar business deals are
Deadwood holding steady in gaming industry
DEADWOOD -- The 2009 summer tourism season is under way, and Deadwood
gambling industry officials say early indicators show Deadwood's
visitation numbers will be at or above 2008 figures.
Companies may be hired to run sold-off properties
Executives pushed out in consolidation may find themselves back in
Scratch Off the NFL and Find More Gambling Greed
Just days after filing a brief with the Delaware Supreme Court to fight
expanded gambling by that state's lottery, the National Football League
has agreed to let teams put logos and trademarks on scratch-off tickets
and brand other lottery games, for a piece of the action.
Delaware sports betting: How will it play out for bettors?
The NFL, whose foundation of support is reinforced by wagering, is
publicly saying that it will file a lawsuit to prevent the law’s
implementation, but no one in Delaware is taking that too seriously.
Series of Poker kicks off in Las Vegas
The World Series of Poker landed in Las Vegas on Tuesday as
registration opened and satellites and cash games began.
faces join push to build casinos in Bay State
The renewed quest on Beacon Hill to legalize gambling has attracted a
fresh set of casino interests to Massachusetts, promising another
high-dollar lobbying blitz in coming months by developers sensing
potential for a big jackpot.
Casino” found guilty by jury
NEW LONDON, CT - Richard “Mr. Casino” Taylor was found guilty by
a jury today on criminal charges related to a casino craps cheating
man says he stole $600,000 from casino ATMs
"I don't have a right excuse," Alain Germain told CBC News on
Wednesday. "I've done it. I will live up to everything."
player sets a record at the Borgata in Atlantic City
While playing craps at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa on Saturday
night, Patricia Demauro of Denville set a new record for the longest
craps roll by hanging on for four hours and 18 minutes. Borgata
officials said that bested the previous mark of three hours and six
minutes, set nearly 20 years ago at a Las Vegas casino.
Thanks to newsletter reader Kevin
Q. for providing the above link.
Still no deal for turning Atlantic City's Trump Marina into
ATLANTIC CITY - A New York gaming group that is in talks to buy Trump
Marina Hotel Casino says the deal will not close this week as scheduled
but that it still wants to acquire the property.
flaws haven’t brought big fallout -- County hearings on inspections
LAS VEGAS - It has been almost a year since an engineer discovered that
the Harmon Hotel at CityCenter was riddled with construction problems.
consolidating city and county governments isn’t a silver bullet for
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman was in an expansive mood. Having
castigated the state’s most powerful union, demanded an apology from
the president of the United States and declared the Las Vegas economy
saved, Goodman, standing behind the podium at last month’s Chamber of
Commerce luncheon, was asked about CityCenter, the massive resort,
casino and condo development being built on the Strip.
Gibbons, Goodman are disappointed Obama didn't say 'magic words'
Both the governor of Nevada and the mayor of Las Vegas declared
themselves disappointed Wednesday after President Barack Obama only
sorta kinda said it’s good to come to Las Vegas.
The Bear Growls
Long-time Las Vegas-based advantage player, casino critic, and frequent
contributor LVBear offers his opinions on things that sometimes go
wrong in the world of casinos.
Current and past growls can be read and comments posted at LVBear's
by Bill Zender
provides contrarian solutions to common gaming management issues.
It is must reading for
patrons and casino employees.
Bill Zender knows the art of casino management. In addition to having
worked in, managed, and owned casinos for decades, Zender has also been
an enforcement agent for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as well as
spent time as an advantage player, exploiting the vulnerabilities of
casinos from the civilian side of the tables. Today, he travels the
globe consulting for the international casino industry.
In Casino-ology, Zender
argues against excessive card-counter and
shuffle-tracker countermeasures in favor of hand production to increase
profits, and concludes that rhythmic dice rollers aren.t the threat
they.re made out to be. He details the dangers of customer-service
breaches; ill-conceived non-negotiable-chip programs; and past-posting,
marked-card, and false-shuffle scams. He addresses player tracking
systems, 6-5 payouts for blackjacks, the subtleties of marketing to
Asian customers, nuances of the derivative pit games, even the science
of turning around a distressed casino.
By challenging long-cherished conventions, Casino-ology provides
contrarian and radical, but proven, solutions to common gaming issues.
The price is $39.95 plus shipping (plus sales tax if sent to a Nevada
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Beat the Players - Casinos, Cops and the
Game Inside the Game, by Bob Nersesian
book should be read by everyone who sets foot in a casino: average
casino patrons, skilled players, casino employees, and anyone else. It
should be required reading for police officers, regulators, other
public officials, and attorneys who may represent any of the
aforementioned. Beat the Players
was the subject of a
feature in USA Today.
Nersesian is an attorney who represents victims of casino wrongdoing
against patrons. In an enjoyable writing style, he takes a look at the
often too-cozy relationship between casinos, police, and regulators. He
discusses specific cases and dispenses sound, practical advice that
patrons, casinos and public officials would be wise to heed. Cases
discussed are from Nevada and other jurisdictions.
include: Your Money or Your Liberty; Scary Cop Statements; They'll Take
Your Liberty Anyway; Gaming Agents Speak; The Take of the State; Rules
for Casino Patrons; Gambling at the Legal Limits; Cops Hate Card
Counters; Griffin Investigations; Casinos Cheat With Impunity; A
Judicial and Government Overlay; Finding a Nickel Brings Trouble; Names
and Aliases; The Security Office and Surveillance Functions, and
Casinos and Cops.
include Nevada Cheating and Detention Laws with Commentary; Other
Nevada Gaming Laws of Interest; Gaming Cases of Interest, and Nevada
Gaming Regulations with Commentary.
320-page book includes a bibliography and an index.
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